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Portugal, an oceanic country of authentic traditions
In the extreme south-west of Europe, Portugal has some tremendous assets to ensure an enjoyable holiday: the mild climate, beautiful beaches, and rich cities with a long history. With over 3000 hours of sunshine a year and an important cultural heritage, the country is visited in all seasons.
A trip to Portugal offers a multitude of pleasures. The Algarve region, in the south of the country, is ideal for a seaside resort holiday. The country has over 800 km of beaches, of which the most beautiful are located around Faro. Lisbon, combines the beauty of an ancient town with azulejos building fronts, with the excitement of a cosmopolitan evolving capital. Its old tramways enable you to discover lively and picturesque areas: Castelo, Baixa, Chiado... Admire the city's panorama from the castle of Sao-Jorge. In the evening, enjoy the ancient cafés of Saudade to the tune of fado music. Visit Sintra, the former home to Portuguese kings, very romantic with its gardens and fountains.
During a flight to Porto, get yourself a good travel guide of Portugal to discover its monuments, especially its impressive cathedral. Wander through the streets and alleys of the historic centre, choose a restaurant where you can sample some pastéis. For wine connoisseurs, the area also offers great opportunities for oenological courses in the vineyards of the Douro.
A trip to Portugal, is also about the pleasure of tasting authentic cuisine, a mixture of exotic flavours, the legacy of the great explorers who left its shores to discover the world. The main speciality of the country is salted cod. It is cooked in a thousand ways, grilled, boiled, fried, and eaten with spicy sauces, served with rice.